It's funny you say that, 'cause in other circles, this episode has been considered a letdown. As for me, I fell somewhere in between. Emma Stone, like Bryan Cranston, was very underused, and there were too many recurring sketches (the Dream Home being the most egregious, being a direct ripoff of a sketch from the '07 Brian Williams episode). Kings of Leon are so blah (for me). I loved the digital short, Les Jeunes de Paris, and My Brother Knows Everything. And like you polka, I'm a big fan of Nasim now. Waiting for her to shove Wiig aside.
None of the episodes this year have gotten me incredibly excited. Poehler's was great, but part of that was the cameos, and the excitement over it being back. Cranston was underused (no Breaking Bad parody, either -- really?!). Jane Lynch's was good -- the one I found myself watching the most, despite the horrid Glee parody, sullied by Gilly.
Right now, I'm reveling in the mastication of old(er), more scrumptious episodes of SNL that VH1 is playing. I've never loved my DVR more. The Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple episode did air, and Affleck was great in his first appearance, complete with Paltrow coming up on stage and giving him shit. Fiona performed Limp (I'd only sparsely seen her perform live, and seeing how small she is, and her convulsive dancing, was something else). "SNL Fanatic" did not make the cut in this hour-long edition. So many other classic shows from that era. Just saw Ricci/Beck, and am now watching Rob Lowe/Eminem (w/Dido).
Since when did John Mulaney deserve a "fucking" modifier?
I mean, I like him just as much as the next guy, but he seems to have come out of nowhere (and impressed, yes). Here's hoping he shows Seth the hook soon. I have liked Seth ever since he first came on the show, but WU's gotten so dull without him having Amy to pingpong with.